Navigating the future: A guide for Employers on the new flexible Working legislation effective from 6 April 2024

A guide for Employers on the new flexible Working legislation effective from 6 April 2024


As of 6 April 2024, a ground-breaking change in employment legislation will transform the way your business operates. The new legislation allows Employees the right to request flexible working arrangements from day one of their employment.

For you as the Employer and your HR team, understanding and effectively managing these changes is crucial to maintaining a productive and harmonious workplace.

In our article we aim to provide a comprehensive guide on how to navigate the new flexible working legislation, address common concerns, and implement policies that foster a flexible and inclusive work environment.


Let’s take a look:



How you should understand flexible working?

Flexible working refers to alternative work arrangements that deviate from the traditional 9-to-5 office structure. This can include remote work, compressed hours, flexitime, and job-sharing.

The new legislation grants Employees the right to request flexible working conditions from day one of their employment, eliminating the previous requirement for 26 weeks of continuous employment.



How you should manage the changes?

Communication is key, open, and transparent communication is crucial during this transitional period. as an Employer you should proactively communicate the changes, providing clear information on how your Employees can submit flexible working requests and what criteria will be considered.

As an Employer you should revisit and update existing policies to align with the new legislation. You should clearly outline the procedure for submitting flexible working requests, the criteria for approval, and the process for handling appeals. It is important that you make this this information easily accessible to all Employees.

As an Employer you should Provide training to HR teams and Managers to ensure they are well-versed in the new legislation. You should aim to equip them with the skills to handle requests fairly, assess feasibility, and communicate decisions effectively.



What policies are needed for a flexible workplace?

As an Employer you should have a flexible working request procedure, you should set out clearly the process for submitting flexible working requests, including the required documentation and timelines for response.

You should also update your equality and inclusion policies. You should ensure your policies emphasise equality and inclusion, promoting a workplace culture that values diversity and accommodates varying needs.

You should ensure you update technology and security guidelines; you should establish guidelines for remote work, addressing technology requirements, data security, and expectations for maintaining a secure and productive virtual work environment.

Don’t forget to update performance management policies, you should ensure you revise/update to focus on outcomes rather than time spent in the office, and clearly communicate expectations and key performance indicators for flexible workers.



Is there anything else you should do to making improvements?

You should seek Employee feedback and evaluation; you should solicit feedback from your Employees on the new flexible working arrangements, and regularly assess the effectiveness of policies and adjust based on Employee experiences.

You should strive for continuous learning and adaptation, that may be staying informed about best practices in flexible working and be prepared to adapt policies to meet evolving needs. Attend workshops, webinars, and industry events to stay ahead of trends and changes in legislation.

You should encourage a healthy work-life balance by fostering a culture that values downtime and encourages Employees to take breaks when needed. This can contribute to increased productivity and Employee satisfaction.



In conclusion

The new legislation permitting flexible working from day one is a significant milestone in employment legislation, providing your Employees with increased autonomy and flexibility. For you the Employers and your HR team, it represents an opportunity to create a dynamic and inclusive workplace. By effectively managing the changes, implementing thoughtful policies, and continually seeking improvement, businesses can navigate this new era of flexible working and foster a positive and productive work environment.



How can we help?

We are experts dealing with your HR, and Employment Law matters, this also includes managing and understanding flexible working; we can assist you with any type of HR matter, should you need our support you can contact one of our team today and we can assist you; contact us on: 0333 0069489 or email us on: [email protected]




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